C By M.M. Thimmaiah* “What should Kodavas fight for?” is a question typical of a community stranded at the crossroads of their socio-cultural journey. The question can also be rephrased as, “Which road should Kodavas take?” One road will take them towards reaffirmation of their cultural identity and clinging to their roots in Coorg. In […]
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By P.T. Bopanna By a happy coincidence, Kodava language has been the flavour of the season this January. It began with the news that Pattole Palame, the monumental work by Nadikerianda Chinnappa, covering Kodava culture, folksongs and traditions, had completed 100 years. This was followed by an illuminating article by researchers Boverianda Chinnappa and Nanjamma […]
K By Boverianda Chinnappa and Nanjamma Chinnappa* A language is not only a means of communication – it is a repository of the cultural values and traditions of a people and an important determinant of its identity. It is a living, dynamic record of the history and experiences of a people, memories of which are […]
K By Boverianda Chinnappa and Nanjamma Chinnappa Our grandfather, Nadikerianda Chinnappa,completed writing the Pattole Palame on the 1st of January 1922 in Karada village, 100 years ago. He noted that date and place at the end of his foreword to the book. It was a remarkable achievement for anyone to have done so in the […]
K By P.T. Bopanna Just like two Indias, there are two Kodagus (Coorg) in Karnataka. One comprises of backward-looking bunch of Kodavas (Coorgs) who think they can protect their culture by issuing fatwas. Another set of Kodavas are forward-looking and believe that education is key to the progress of the community. It was on account […]
By P.T. Bopanna* I have launched my new website www.kodavas.in to preserve Kodava culture. The website features the unique culture of the Kodavas (Coorgs) who belong to Kodagu (Coorg) district in Karnataka. I put together my first website www.coorgtourisminfo.com way back in 2005. Besides the flagship website, I have also promoted five more Coorg-centric websites. […]